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Old 03-16-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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Magnetic angle locator suggestions

I'm looking to buy a magnetic angle locator so I can set my rear axle pinion angle. I'm installing a rear Porterbuilt extreme setup. There seem to be so many angle locator brands out there with so many varying reviews on each. Anyone on here have a suggestion?
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:19 PM   #2
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

I have a Johnson brand but any of them should be fine. You can use your phone too.
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Old 03-16-2018, 01:25 PM   #3
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

must have been reading my mind, thinking about this very thing.. gonna be welding mounts on my first axle mod very soon..

I'm all ears folks

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Old 03-16-2018, 01:57 PM   #4
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must have been reading my mind, thinking about this very thing.. gonna be welding mounts on my first axle mod very soon..

I'm all ears folks

Hey! Did you sneak and take a pic of my rear axle and wheels? Looks just about how mine has for about the last 3 years. Just recently sent it out to be narrowed and rebuilt.
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Old 03-16-2018, 02:06 PM   #5
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

I've done many things over the years but I've never removed / installed a rear axle, much less one where I'm doing something such as installing a bagged parrallel 4-link (my PB stuff). So this will be a first for me. I'm mechnically inclined, know how to use the Internet, search this forum, and have Porterbuilt to call on so I "think" I will be fine ...
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I have a Johnson brand but any of them should be fine. You can use your phone too.
Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2018, 02:34 PM   #7
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Hey! Did you sneak and take a pic of my rear axle and wheels? Looks just about how mine has for about the last 3 years. Just recently sent it out to be narrowed and rebuilt.
lol, hey, it was a guy on craigslist so I just handed over some $$ no questions and split

those wheels are actually the 8 lug take-offs from my '65.. borrowed them from behind the garage to wheel that sucker around..

h e a v y! and 4:10 posi that rolls smooth and nothing butchered

taking it to work this afternoon to pressure wash after shift tonight!

you'll probably beat me to the actual task, I'm 3 years behind you and my schedule is probably slower than yours

you lead, I'll follow.. good luck!

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I have a Johnson brand but any of them should be fine. You can use your phone too.
thanks for the tip!
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Old 03-16-2018, 05:42 PM   #8
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

I have several of the digital magnetic angle finders...they're kinda noname brand but I've checked them against known angles and they are accurate......I got mine off ebay but lowes and hd have very similar ones
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I have several of the digital magnetic angle finders...they're kinda noname brand but I've checked them against known angles and they are accurate......I got mine off ebay but lowes and hd have very similar ones
Do you have to calibrate them back to level every time? I was looking at these and it seems like you have to calibrate them.
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Old 03-16-2018, 11:35 PM   #10
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the ones I have self calibrate when you turn them on....
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I have a Johnson brand but any of them should be fine. You can use your phone too.
I have a Johnson one too. I first picked up a blue one from Home Depot but after getting home I noticed the package said accuracy was +/- 2* which was to much for me.

The Johnson 700 model says accuracy within +/- 0.30*. Much better.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:31 PM   #12
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

Thanks for the replies guys. I've been eyeballing a digital one I found on Home Depot's website. I've also been thinking about that Johnson 700. I'll probably go with the 700 from HD.
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the ones I have are the same that baleigh indust sells....I got mine off ebay...
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

Nice. Thanks for that.
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

had this guy for years .

i love you can set zero on any surface then us that to find your current angle.

so if the shop floor is NOT level you zero it on the floor and then go to town .

saved me a lot over the years .
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Re: Magnetic angle locator suggestions

also watch them old dana rears . they can be course spline axles in them . can be upgraded but cost as much or more than another whole newer axle .

i like dodge 94-up style fine spline and posi and abs tone ring for use with aftermarket speedo .
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